Countrywide Events


(Source: SME)


STAROMESTSKÝ Beerfest – The Old Town Beer festival marks the return of the tradition of beer in the capital. The event’s third year will take place on September 26 and 27 in Hviezdoslavovo Square in downtown Bratislava. In addition to 80 brands and types of beer, local delicacies that pair well with beer will also be on offer, including a “beer goulash”, as well as live performances by Slovak rock and pop bands. More information can be found at and

Gateway – Beijing’s Contemporary Dragon Kung-Fu Dance is a kung fu ensemble, established in 2006 at the initiative of actor and martial arts master Jackie Chan. It also includes members of the famous Shaolin Kungfu Monk Corps, the Chinese Shenwu Cultural Communication Company and more. Opening the Gateway is a mystical act, exploring unknown worlds. The story is also a metaphor for life: by opening the Gate, we intuitively embark on a unique path of growth. Choreographed and directed by Liu Lu.
Starts: Sep 22, 19:00; Opera Hall of the new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €5-€15. Tel: 02/2047-2299;

Il Divo – This popular group performs a mix of classical arias and Broadway musicals and is visiting Bratislava for the third time to present their sixth album, A Musical Affair.
Starts: Sep 27, 20:00; Slovnaft Arena (Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €54-€139. Tel: 02/5293- 3321;

Criss Cross Europe - Jazz concert within the Criss Cross Europe project, initiated by four organisations from four European countries (Slovakia, Luxembourg, Belgium and France)is the platform for internaitonal mobility of musicians and jazz gorupings. The current concert includes Nikolaj Nikitin (SK) on saxophone, Ruben Machtelincs (BE)on guitar, Charly Vilmart (FR) on double bass and Jeff Herr (LX) on drums.
Starts: Sep 24, 19:00 - Big concert studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5727-3624;

Nájdite sa - Find Yourselves - The popular event in which animal rescue centres offer dogs and cats for adoption will be this time hosted by Matúš Krnčok of Radio Europa, attended by people form showbiz, Kristína Farkašová, Zuzana Vačková, Jakub Petraník, Yxo from the Hex band, Lucia Hablovičová and Hanka Gallová, Ivica Sláviková - and also some of the animals which had rpeviously adopted by visitors and are now enjoying their happy new homes.
Starts: Sep 27, 10:00. Gamekeeper’s Lodge, Horský Park, Lesná 1. Admission: free. More info:;

Soliloquy – This dance-theatre performance is a brief staging of the last chapter of James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, focused on the thoughts of concert singer Molly Bloom, the wife of advertising manager Leopold Bloom. The performance by the Debris Company is followed by a concert by David Kollar.
Starts: Sep 22, 20:00; A4 Nultý Priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 02/5292 -4470;

Let’s Swing It! – A brief lesson in period dances, the Charleston and the Lindy-hop, with instructors from the B-Swing dance school, will be followed by a concert by the Fats Jazz Band, playing music from the 1930s and 40s.
Starts: Sep 27, 19:30; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €8. Tel: 0911/193-382;

Púšťanie šarkanov / Flying Kites – The event includes not just flying kites, but also a competition awarding the best ones.
Starts: Sep 27, 14:00; Glavica, Devínska Nová Ves. Admission: free. More info:

Bubnovačka v Batelieri – Drummers and percussionists are welcome to bring their own instruments and enjoy playing other musicians, be they beginners or advanced players.
Starts: Sep 24, 19:00; Batelier club, Továrenská 14. Admission: free. More info:

Európsky deň jazykov / European Day of Languages – On this day, the 24 official languages (and 60 minority or regional languages) of the European Union which are represented in Bratislava will offer language courses, information and competitions, featuring at least a few words from every language. Short films will also be screened in the nearby Mladosť cinema.
Starts: Sep 26, 9:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info:

Tanečný dom / House of Dance – The Dragúni folk ensemble invites you to learn the male and female dances from Šunava in the Luptov region and Zámutov, to the music of the Muzička folk band.
Starts: Sep 25, 20:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €3.50. Tel: 0904/330-049;

Ponte Pardo – This concert by a Slovak band playing Flamenco music will be rounded out with guest Zuzana Čorejová-Fedorová, a ticket drawing for prizes and a Latino disco fiesta.
Satrts: Sep 26, 19:30; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5-€10. Tel: 0911/193-382;

Akvaristická jeseň / Aquarist Autumn – This year’s traditional market for aquarists features an international exhibition of Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish) and lectures.
Starts: Sep 27-28, 8:00-16:00 (Sat), 9:00-13:00 (Sun); Ružinov House of Culture Cultus, Ružinovská 28. Tel: 02/4333-0281;

The Slovak National Museum (SNM) celebrates its 120th anniversary with an exhibition presenting the oldest and rarest items it acquired over this period of time, including the hat of M.R. Štefánik, an Egyptian sarcophagus, a collection of seeds from the father of Slovak museums, Andrej Kmeť, and more. The exhibits will rotate and change throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until Nov 30; Slovak National Museum, Vajanského nábrežie 2. Admission: €2-€3.50. More info:

Dimenzie teatrality / The Dimension of Theatricality – This exhibition, coinciding with the big international theatre festival Divadelná Nitra, explores the borders between visual art and theatre, as seen through the eyes of Czech and German artists, curated by Czech Vendula Fremlová.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until Nov 2; Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.35-€70. Tel: 037/6579-641-3;


Banská Bystrica
THE BÁBKARSKÁ Bystrica international puppet festival strives to show the full potential of this genre, and is divided into two sections: the First Impact (for children) and the Second Impact (for adults), as offered by Slovak and foreign puppet troupes, including, for the first time, one from Portugal. The festival is also comprised of a series of accompanying events, and the initiative Načo Festival? / Festival – What for? as part of the Art – What for? movement. The festival takes place at several sites in Banská Bystrica between September 23 and 27, and more information can be found at

Jazzfest Žilina – The first year of this jazz festival brings the Piotr Wojtasik Quartet (USA/PL/HU) and the Big Band of the Žilina Conservatory (SK) on September 26, the Kálmán Oláh Sextet (HU/CZ/PL/SK) and Big Band Matúša Jakabčica (CZ/SK), plus a Jam Session on September 27.
Starts: Sep 26, 19:00; Sep 27, 19:00; Žilinské konzervatórium (Žilina Conservatory) J.M. Hurbana 48. Admission: €5 (one day) - €7. Tickets: City Theatre, Horný Val 3 (0903/ 510-671). More info: www.

Banská Bystrica
Vivat Vox Organi – The festival of organ music continues with a concert by Stanislav Šurin from Slovakia.
Starts: Sep 24, 19:30; St Francis of Xaver Church, SNP Square. More info:


The 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the historical building of the State Theatre in Košice after its reconstruction will be celebrated with a special event: the performance of Verdi’s Nabucco (just like 20 years ago). The theatre will open its doors over the weekend to celebrate the festive anniversary of its residence.
Starts: Sep 23 (Nabucco), 19:00; Sep 28 (Open Day) 10:00; historical building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€12 (Nabucco); free (Open Day). Tel: 055/ 2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452- 260 (evenings);

Charitatívny golfový turnaj / Charity Golf Tournament – The Úsmev ako Dar / Smile as a Gift charity initiative will receive the proceeds from this golf tournament.
Starts: Sep 24, 10:00; Alpi-nka Košice golf course. Registration:, 055/6331-471 for registered players, and or 0903/630-505 for unregistered players. More info:

Návšteva stredoveku / Visit the Middle Ages – The Eastern-Slovak Museum, together with the Aramis theatre and fencing company, Via Cassa and the Horus falconry group, are organising a re-enactment of life in Middle Ages in the realistic environment of the Mikluš Prison, the Executioner’s Flat, Casemates and the House of Crafts.
Starts: Sep 27, 15:00-18:00; Executioner’s Bastion, Hrnčiarska 7. Admission: €2-€3. Tel: 0917/755-594;

Medzev/Štós spa
7. Grand Prix Kúpele Štós – Gastronomy festival in the Štós spa will offer a competition in pot cooking, celebrities’ recipes, healthy cooking from Slovak ingredients and a rich accompanying programme (Slovak tango, La Femme, Čendeš Rusin Orchestra, folk crafts, workshops, competitions, fairy tales and more).
Starts: Sep 27, 10:00, Štós spa, Štós kúpele 235. More info:;

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